Big Wins By Amanda Fink Puts Senior Back In Pac-10 Title Matches

April 25, 2009

OJAI, CALIF. - USC senior Amanda Fink pulled out a huge semifinal win today at the Pac-10 Championships, upsetting fifth-ranked Hilary Barte of Stanford to force her way into another appearance in the Pac-10 Singles Championship match. Tomorrow morning in Ojai, Calif., Fink rides a 21-match winning streak as she goes up against Arizona's upset-minded Natasha Marks for a chance as the USC senior's first Pac-10 singles crown. Fink already owns the rights to the 2008 Pac-10 Doubles Championship, which she won with Gabriela Niculescu last year. This season, the pair has teamed up once again to similar success. Fink/Niculescu also posted a tense semifinal win today to take aim at back-to-back titles with a championship match tomorrow afternoon against ASU's Abdala/Abdala.

Amanda Fink came into the Pac-10 Championships as the #27 ranked player in the latest national rankings and was on a 17-match singles winning streak. She held court over #56 Andrea Remynse of UCLA, #76 Denise Dy of Washington and #85 Jessican Nguyen of Stanford before coming up against #5 Hilary Barte today. Fink's semifinal showdown with the Cardinal's highly ranked player was a battle, and ended up in a heart-stopping tiebreaker for Fink's 21st straight victory.

Fink had captured the first set, only to have Barte answer back to force a third. With a ticket to the title match hanging in the balance, the Trojan senior gutted out the victory and edged Barte 7-5 in the tiebreaker to tack up the 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5) win that catapults Fink to the championship tomorrow (April 26). Fink will face Arizona's Natasha Marks at 9:30 a.m. in the singles final.

It's another full plate for Fink, who will pull double duty for the second straight season with a pair of title match appearances in Ojai. Playing alongside Gabriela Niculescu as the nation's #9 doubles duo, Fink has a shot at a Pac-10 sweep. Fink/Niculescu won the Pac-10 Doubles crown last season, and earned the chance to defend that title with a tense 9-7 win over ASU's #16 Hein/McKenna this afternoon in Ojai. The Trojans will go up against another ASU pair for the Pac-10 crown, facing #50 Abdala/Abdala at 2 p.m. tomorrow (April 26) on the courts at Ojai.

2009 Pac-10 Women's Tennis Championships - Ojai, Calif.

SINGLES - Championship Bracket

#27 Amanda Fink
First Round (April 23): def. #56 Andrea Remynse (UCLA) - 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
Round of 16 (April 23): def. #76 Denise Dy (WASH) - 6-3, 6-4
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. #84 Jessica Nguyen (STAN) - 6-1, 6-1
Semifinals (April 25): def. #5 Hilary Barte (STAN) - 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (5)
Championship (April 26): vs. Natasha Marks (ARIZ) - 9:30 a.m.

#78 Gabriela Niculescu
First Round (April 23): lost to Michelle Brycki (ASU) - 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2

#68 Alison Ramos
First Round (April 23): def. #40 Nadia Abdala (ASU) - 7-5, 6-2
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to Veronica Li (STAN) - 6-1, 7-5

SINGLES - Invitational Bracket

Cristala Andrews
First Round (April 23): def. Jessica Casebier (WSU) - 6-0, 6-0
Round of 16 (April 23): def. Ariane Masschelein (ARIZ) - 7-5, 6-3
Quarterfinals (April 24): lost to Stephanie Wetmore (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-3

Lyndsay Kinstler
First Round (April 23): def. Debora Castany (ARIZ) - 6-2, 6-2
Round of 16 (April 23): lost to Marian Ravelojaona (CAL) - 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Elizabeth Marsico
First Round (April 23): lost to Anna-Viktoria Lind (UCLA) - 6-3, 6-1

DOUBLES - Championship Bracket

#9 Fink/Niculescu
First Round (April 24): def. Hansen/Li (STAN) - 8-5
Quarterfinals (April 24): def. #66 Seguso/Wetmore (UCLA) - 8-6
Semifinals (April 25): def. #16 Hein/McKenna (ASU) - 9-7
Championship (April 26): vs. #50 Abdala/Abdala (ASU) - 2 p.m.

DOUBLES - Invitational Bracket

Andrews/Kinstler
First Round (April 24): bye
Quarterfinals (April 24): lost to Brycki/vanHorne (ASU) - 8-6

Marsico/Ramos
First Round (April 24): lost to Perez/Yen (STAN) - 8-6

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